ERNIE CLARK

A rare trifecta: Bangor, Camden Hills, Cheverus all lose on the same night

Posted Jan. 05, 2012, at 1:10 p.m.

A rare trifecta occurred in Maine schoolboy basketball Tuesday evening — reigning Class A state champion Bangor, defending Class B titlist Camden Hills of Rockport and two-time defending Western A champion Cheverus of Portland all lost on the same night.

Bangor fell at Lawrence of Fairfield 45-41, while Camden Hills lost at Leavitt of Turner Center 66-64 and Cheverus was defeated 46-39 at Bonny Eagle of Standish.

The loss was Bangor’s second of the season, ending a six-game winning streak since an overtime loss at Hampden to open the Rams’ schedule. Bangor is now 39-5 in regular-season play since the start of the 2009-2010 campaign.

Even rarer were the road losses sustained by Camden Hills and Cheverus.

Camden Hills had its 28-game winning streak ended by Leavitt, which with the win ended its own two-game losing streak after a 5-0 start to the season.

Camden Hills, which hadn’t lost at all since an overtime decision to Falmouth in the 2010 Class B state final, had won 75 of its previous 78 regular-season games since the start of the 2007-08 season, including a 6-0 start this winter.

Cheverus, meanwhile, had won 59 of its last 60 regular-season games — a run dating back to the start of the 2008-09 campaign and also including a 6-0 start this season — before its loss at Bonny Eagle.

Bonny Eagle (5-2) was coming off an overtime loss to Deering of Portland, now top-ranked in Western Class A.

Bangor, Camden Hills and Cheverus — all now ranked No. 2 in their divisions according to the Heal points — will try to get back on the winning track Friday. Bangor visits Cony of Augusta, Camden Hills is at Winslow and Cheverus hosts Sanford.

Just 10 boys teams statewide remained undefeated entering Thursday night’s schedule: Hampden Academy and Deering in Class A; Mount Desert Island of Bar Harbor and Falmouth in Class B; Penquis of Milo, Dirigo of Dixfield and Waynflete of Portland in Class C; and Jonesport-Beals, Central Aroostook of Mars Hill and Valley of Bingham in Class D.

Interestingly enough, the three unbeaten Class D programs have combined for half of the state championships won in that division in the 42 years beginning with Jonesport-Beals first title in 1970, as well as 30 regional titles.

Jonesport-Beals has nine boys state titles and 13 EM crowns during that span. Valley and Central Aroostook each has six state championships, with Valley totaling 11 WM titles and Central Aroostook six EM crowns — meaning the Panthers are undefeated in their state finals.

Fourteen girls teams entered Thursday’s play without a loss: Cony, Scarborough and McAuley of Portland in Class A; Nokomis of Newport, Camden Hills, Presque Isle, Lake Region of Naples and Spruce Mountain of Jay in Class B; Madison, Calais and Bucksport in Class C; and Washburn, Schenck of East Millinocket and Richmond in Class D.

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